Local Staff

Division Office

Kathleen Davis

Kathleen Davis
Executive Director

Kathleen Davis is the Executive Director at the National Kidney Foundation. She feels fortunate to work with a wonderful NKF team both locally and nationally, a very involved, professional and talented Advisory Board and Medical Advisory Board as well as dedicated volunteers who are the heart of our market. "It is an honor and privilege to serve the community with the programs we offer patients and medical professionals."

Along with her fiancé Jeff and daughter Rachel, Kathleen enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Kourtney Cash

Kourtney Cash
Development Director

Kourtney has been with the National Kidney Foundation since March of 2020 as the Development Manager and was recently promoted to Development Director, overseeing 3 major fundraising events including the St. Louis Kidney Walk, NKF Golf Classic, and Award of Excellence Reception. Her passion for the nonprofit sector and helping communities in need came from losing her Great Grandmother to kidney disease. She is originally from Bluford, IL, but has lived in the St. Louis Metro East region since 2015. Kourtney holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Webster University. In her spare time, Kourtney enjoys reading, collecting vinyl records, and walking and biking the Madison County trails with her Bernedoodle, Charles Barkley.

Maggie Zysk

Maggie Zysk
Development Coordinator

Maggie Zysk is the Development Coordinator for the National Kidney Foundation. She just recently graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor of Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing. Her passion for events and helping others has led her in assisting many within the community to raise awareness for individuals affected by kidney disease. Maggie is from Imperial, Missouri. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, or anywhere they are together.

Veronica Carter

Veronica Carter
Program Manager

Veronica Carter is the Program Manager for the National Kidney Foundation. She feels fortunate to be working alongside the NKF team to raise awareness for those affected by kidney disease. Her passion comes from losing her Pa-Pa Pete in 2021 after years of battling kidney disease. He received two kidney transplants in his life. Her dad is her second kidney hero as he donated a kidney to his dad. Veronica holds a Bachelor's Degree from Webster University. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tayler, rescue pitbull, Legend, and black cat, Wednesday. She also enjoys travelling, movies, concerts and spending time with friends and family.


Directions to our office:
We are located at 1001 Craig Road Suite 480 Saint Louis, MO 63146-6217, approximately 1 mile from Highway 270 and approximately 2 miles west of Lindbergh Boulevard in the Oaks Building directly off of Craig Road. There's a Dierberg's Shopping Center located across the street.

Volunteer Opportunities

As with other non-profit organizations, volunteers are crucial to our success. Volunteers enable our staff to serve more patients, fund more research and offer more community and professional educational materials and opportunities. For more information about our opportunities please review our Volunteer Handbook or contact Maggie Zysk.

  • Office Volunteer: Volunteers will receive a brief on-site training that will occur upon arrival at the office. Activities includes making thank you calls, putting together event and education materials, writing thank you notes and helping with other administrative tasks.
  • Event Volunteer: Help us on event day by setting up, breaking down and otherwise helping ensure a successful event. Opportunities are available for our Gala, Walk, Professional Education Conference and the KEEP Healthy public screening program.
  • Committee Member: Play a leadership and fundraising role by helping organize one of our four signature events. You will be responsible for attending monthly or bi-monthly meetings to discuss upcoming events/ programs specifics. Committee Members will be expected to work as team, bringing fresh ideas, business connections, sponsors, volunteers and donors that will support the NKF.
  • Advisory Board of Directors: Help the National Kidney Foundation advance our mission of awareness, prevention and treatment to those with, and at risk for, kidney disease in Kansas City. Our Directors are expected to introduce the NKF to new community and business leaders, provide insight to our strategic direction and help us achieve our fundraising goals.

Local Board

Craig AdoorCraig Adoor, Board Chair
Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP
Craig is a kidney transplant recipient and has served on the National Kidney Foundation Board of Advisor's for more than five years. His involvement in the National Kidney Foundation is fueled by his personal connection to kidney disease. He is proud to serve on the board and share his passion with others to help impact the Kidney Community.
Komla AhlijahKomla Ahlijah
Vice President Data & Analytics, Eyecare Partners
Komla became involved with the National Kidney Foundation after a close family member received a kidney transplant. Komla is also involved in the non-profit organization Toys for Togo which is dedicated to providing a healthy childhood experience to needy children and at-risk youth in Togo, West Africa.
Hosea Bartlett (Bart)Hosea Bartlett (Bart)
Physician Relations Manager – Business Development, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
Bart has worked at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital for 8 years and has worked in the kidney transplant program there for 5 years. Bart builds relationships with community nephrology groups and educates dialysis unit staff and patients about kidney transplantation. Through these efforts, he has seen the burden of kidney disease on our community and has learned the importance of awareness and prevention.
Kelly Rauh BaumerKelly Rauh Baumer
Vice President, Specialty Services, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
Kelly has experience working with the National Kidney Foundation through SSM Saint Louis University Hospital’s transplant program. She is excited to continue to spread the NKF’s mission to improve the health and well-being of those affected by kidney disease.
Matt ClausenMatt Clausen
Matt joined Strive Health in July 2020. He serves as the Regional Vice President, Market Operations managing performance across a multi-state region. This includes leading SSM Health Kidney Care, the value-based kidney care partnership between Strive Health and SSM Health, and serving as the officer for Gateway Kidney Care KCE, their Kidney Contracting Entity (KCE) participating in the CMS Kidney Care Choices Model – Comprehensive Kidney Care Contracting. In this role he brings his passion for transforming healthcare delivery and drives the markets’ overall performance and growth. Prior to joining Strive, Matt spent 20 years with SSM Health in various strategy, business development and operational leadership roles. Matt is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and currently serves as the President of the Missouri ACHE chapter. When not working, he spends time with his wife, Kristin, and two young daughters Norah (5) and Josie (3).
John FisherJohn Fisher
Director of OEM Sales, HVACR Business Unit, Emerson Electric
John began his involvement with the NKF Serving Eastern Missouri, Metro East, and Arkansas through his participation in the golf fundraising event. He saw the need for more support and volunteered to join the Board of Directors and the Golf Event Committee. John is active with St. Josephs Institute for the Deaf, United Way, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, and other local charities.
Keith B. GullerKeith B. Guller
Owner/Director, Essex Industries, Inc.
Keith has served on the National Kidney Foundations Board of Advisors since 2005 and served as the Board Chair from 2012 - 2018. He is actively involved in numerous non-profit organizations and enjoys traveling, golf, astronomy, camping and geology in his free time.
Robert HaydenRobert Hayden, BSN, MBA
Director of Transformation & Optimization, ChenMed
Robert Hayden was recently appointed the Director of Transformation and Optimization position for ChenMed. Robert previously served on the NKF Board in Eastern Tennessee before relocating his family to Springfield Mo. Robert brings over twenty years of experience serving patients and providers in the CKD and ESRD community. Robert started his career as an LPN providing direct patient care. Ultimately, Robert obtained his RN license and graduated with an MBA. Robert is passionate about providing quality care to the patients affected by ESRD and actively seeks opportunities in which we can serve our patients and staff better.
Laurie HinesLaurie Hines
Director, Missouri Kidney Program, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Living Donor
Laurie retired from state government public policy work after 24 years, to serve as Director of the Missouri Kidney Program. Laurie has a personal and professional commitment to serving persons with kidney disease. Laurie donated a kidney through the paired exchange in 2016 at Barnes Hospital. She donated on behalf of her life partner, Ted, where she ‘found’ her fierce advocacy voice. Laurie graduated from St. Louis University and has a law degree from MU. Laurie serves as co-chair of the Missouri Hospital Association’s Statewide Patient and Family Advisory Council and the MHA Health Equity Committee, and is an ad hoc member of the Governor’s Organ Donor Advisory Council. Laurie and Ted live in Columbia in a unique intentional community called a pocket neighborhood.
Kathy JoslinKathy Joslin
SVP Human Resources, Bethesda Health Group, Inc.
Kathy’s connection to the National Kidney Foundation began with serving on the golf committee 12 years ago. After serving on the Board of Directors she was exposed to the serious need for more living kidney donors and she decided to altruistically donate her kidney to a co-worker’s husband in August 2019.
Takisha LovelaceTakisha Lovelace
Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Lovelace joined Affinia Healthcare in 2023. As the chief operating officer, she oversees health center operations including: radiology, laboratory, nursing services, quality improvement, information technology, patient scheduling/referrals/navigation, and facilities. Lovelace has served as Executive Director for a large health system in the St. Louis area. In her prior leadership roles, she served as director of operations in a community health organization and a university school of medicine. She has also served as an administrative officer for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Additionally, she is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Ms. Lovelace works to ensure the most effective organizational operations through program development, process improvement and coordination of processes across functions.

Ms. Lovelace serves on the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy (UHSP) President's Advisory Council, as well as board membership on Generate Health and Vetbiz. She is an alumni of the 2020-21 Focus St. Louis Leadership St. Louis cohort and a fellow of the 2017-2018 cohort of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative (SLBDI).
Larry McCulleyLarry McCulley
President/CEO, SIHF Healthcare
Larry has two strong connections with kidney disease and the National Kidney Foundation. He has both family members and friends who have donated and received kidneys through transplant. SIHF Healthcare has partnered with the NKF for KEEP Healthy kidney screenings to provide direct education and interventions to address kidney health.
Ira PotterIra Potter
Attorney, Affinity Law Group, LLC
Ira is a kidney donor and serves as a Kidney Advocacy Committee (KAC) member using his personal experience and expertise to inform public-policy makers of kidney related legislation, policies and education.
Gene RidolfiGene Ridolfi
Executive Director, Heart, Vascular and Solid Organ Transplantation, Barnes Jewish Hospital
As the Executive Director for the Solid Organ Transplant Center at Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine Gene’s responsibilities include oversight of day-to-day operations inclusive quality and regulatory compliance. He works jointly with the school of medicine and co-chairs the Transplant Center Steering Committee which is a joint effort with the school of medicine for the advancement of current transplant programs and the implementation of new programs. He also oversees the rapidly growing Mechanical Circulatory Support Assist Device Program and the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Renal Network. Gene is an active member of the UNOS Transplant Administrators committee for several years. He started as a regional representative, then vice chair and currently serves as chair of the UNOS Transplant Administrators Committee.
Juli Van HookJuli Van Hook
Head of Sponsor Finance Lending, Stifel Bank & Trust
Kim is married with two children that are 12 and 10. She enjoys playing tennis, golf and traveling. She is on the Finance and Audit Committee for the city of Manchester, MO.
Heather WertinHeather Wertin
Program Manager, Abdominal Transplant Programs, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Heather donated one of her kidneys to her sisters’ husband in 2002 and would do it again if she had a spare! Through her lifelong career in the transplant field, she has seen first-hand the transformative impact of transplant in peoples lives. Heather is passionate about transplant and educating patients about the process.
Jennifer WesselsJennifer Wessels, MD, MHA, FAAFP
Chief Medical Director, Home State Health
Dr. Jennifer Wessels is a board certified Family Medicine physician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She has been an active member of the St. Louis community for over 20 years. She completed her undergraduate and medical school training at St. Louis University, her residency in Family Medicine at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, and her master's degree in health administration at Webster University. Dr. Wessels is the Chief Medical Officer for Centene's Home State Health Medicaid plan for the state of Missouri. She teaches at St. Louis University School of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Wessels is passionate about aiding her community and serves as the site physician at many of Missouri's county jails and juvenile detention centers. Prior to her role with Centene, Dr. Wessels served as the Vice President of Medical Practice for SSM Health in St. Louis. She was formerly also the sole physician at BJC Barnes West Primary Care on the campus of Barnes West County Hospital. She lives in St. Louis with her husband and children.